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“Stayed on board a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship”
Review of Curacao

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
101 helpful votes
“Stayed on board a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship”
Reviewed February 27, 2010

Curacao is just the prettiest place I have ever been. We spent a beautiful day looking at the pink blue lemon and pale coloured houses. All painted different from the next door house. Had a loung at the beach (man made) sheltered by a rock wall. The sea was so blue and clear. Only down side is that when the cruise ships dock all the prices are put up. Very expensive |I know people have to make a living but this was somewhat ridiculous.
Would definately recommend a visit here.

4 Thank EssexDavidos
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
9 helpful votes
“Enjoyed ourselves but wouldn't rush back.”
Reviewed February 21, 2010

Curacao is not an island with a lot of tourists, which is very nice, actually. Most visitors are from Holland (a few Americans and some Canadians).

The highlight of our trip was sailing with a small, privately owned company called "Sail Curacao". The owner's name is Mattijs Zonnevijlle, and the website is www.sailcuracao.com. He is a very nice, honest man. The weather was bad the morning of the day our sail was scheduled. When we met with him, he was honest with us and said the weather could go either way (rain or shine), and he didn't want to take our money if it rained. He offered to have us call him around noon, see how the weather is, and he'd only charge us for a half day if the weather turned out to be nice enough to go out. And we did! We had a fabulous time! My husband learned to sail (which was my goal---and not something that would occur if you go out with a group of 40). He grilled a fabulous lunch for us, and he took very good care to make sure we had a great time. I highly recommend him if you are interested in sailing for a day!

As for the rest of the island...we mostly checked out different beaches and snorkeled. We enjoyed the north side of the island the most (wished we would have stayed up there). The beaches are okay, generally small, but there's also not a lot of people. Usually there are loungers to rent, but most are taken by 11am. If you have your own mat or chair or lounger, you could spend a very relaxing day on the beach.

We didn't check out the typical tourist sites, because we just didn't feel like it. But, we did climb the mountain (well, my husband did, I couldn't make it). Forego this unless you are in excellent shape. (I am generally fit, work out a few days a week, I'm not overweight, and I couldn't manage it.) But, if you like a good challenge, go for it!

Definately rent a car and tootle around. It's easy enough to follow the road signs and maps.

Be leary of leaving anything in your car. I think you are better off having your money, etc., with you on the beach. We caught one guy going from one beach parking lot to the next, looking for things to steal out of the vehicles, milling about the parked cars, etc.

Curacao was an affordable vacation (for the Carribean), and we did enjoy ourselves. However, nothing really stood out for us. (We don't scuba dive.) Fabulous weather and relaxing--it was nice.

1 Thank SensibleTraveling
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Affordable, beautiful, friendly -- what's there note to love?!?”
Reviewed February 20, 2010

We had a great week in Curacao in spring 2009. Diving is absolutely wonderful, beaches are great. Locals are wonderful, and the restaurants are nice without costing a fortune. We'll definitely be back.

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Lancaster, PA
Level 6 Contributor
933 reviews
611 helpful votes
“Dutch Caribbean”
Reviewed February 14, 2010

We spent 14 days in Curacao at the Marriott in Feb 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed the island. Since we traveled via a rental car and ate out every day I can offer these opinions of what we saw. Hotels-Baoase-nicest but $1000/nite and poor location in town. Marriott-best resort setting and only $185/nite. Renaissance-beautiful new hotel but in town. Blue Bay-underconstruction, nice beach. Lions Head-nice beach. Hyatt-at east end out of town--should be very nice.
Best restaurants-Sjalotte across from Marriott. Ft Nassau. Baose on beach but limited menu until kitchen is built. Azuro at Blue Bay is in Dutch. Governours Hotel-good but extremely slow service. Iguana cafe at harbor-nice setting, simple menu. Both Marriott & Renaissance have nice buffets with desserts! La Bahia in Otrobanda was a pleasant surprise! Hulanda Lodge was worth the trip for lunch--great views! Excellent values throughout the island too.
Curacao is a must see island but not as a top choice. Beaches too rocky & wind a nuisance. We found people everywhere to be friendly & helpful.

The Bridge that moves is a wonder to see!

3 Thank IrishFan-80
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new york city
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
74 helpful votes
“Pros and Cons of Curacao”
Reviewed November 26, 2009

Pros : Great weather, Scuba diving ok but does not pass Bonaire. Floating market in downtown for fruit and veggies althought after the 3rd boat, they pretty much carry the same items. Local, cheap, and good eats at the Marshe Bieu Food Market next to the Floating market. Renaissance Mall / Hotel / Casino newest complex worth visiting. Denny's breakfast 25 minutes from downtown. $1.50 one way bus/van ride from downtown to Marriott hotel area, $12 by taxi. Airport to Marriott hotel area $25. Jan Thiel area sort of the Hamptons / Montauk (new york) vibe of the island. Hato Caves 20 minute tour. BEST thin crust pizza at IL FORNO restaurants with free shuttle roundtrip to your hotel. Do not need to change USD to local currency, they all accept the USD. People are friendly and will help us tourist.

Cons : Pass on the Curacao Liquor Factory in Chobolobo, only has video of production + history. Acquarium finished in 30 minutes. Butterfly farm finished in 20 minutes. Yes, you need to rent a car if you want to move about the island. The island's #1 income is the oil refinery. Therefore the island is too industrial for my taste. Looks more like a mini-city instead of the calm, beach community. Streets are labeled but in small signs that is hard to read at night or driving solo navigating in unknown territory.

4 Thank BklynFung
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